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good morning. deadly collapse. >> anything you can imagine that wasn't nailed down, airborne. >> one person is dead, 100 injured after a storm blasted through st. louis, blowing away a party tent, sending metal poles and chairs flying. we're live at the scene. comedian in chief. >> i had a lot more material prepared, but i had to get the secret service home in time for their new curfew. >> oh, yeah. president obama poking fun at washington and himself as politicians and celebrities gather under one roof at this year's white house correspondents dinner. we'll share some of the evening's punch lines. and happy anniversary. one year ago today, william and kate said "i do" in a wedding
fit for a future king and queen. we'll look back at the royal couple's year and what's expected of them in the year ahead, today, sunday, april 29th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television now, that's what i'm talking about. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. >> i am not calling you doctor. you asked me to call you your highness, sir holt and lord master. there's no way i'm now doing dr. holt, because why? >> i got the honorary doctorate at pepperdine yesterday, and i'm just taking the honorary part out. come on! >> this guy's been walking around with his degree all morning like this, in hair and makeup in wardrobe. we get it. we get it. >> it's a big deal. >> no, it is a big deal. it's fantastic. >> i feel like i've earned that.
>> you have earned that doctorate. >> i didn't know they were doing that announcement. >> you're a doctor now? i have an elbow thing here -- >> don't do that it's an old joke. >> welcome back. >> took the redeye. >> you're the man. >> you're going to keep me awake this morning. >> can't wait to. >> we've got a busy morning. a lot to talk about including that storm that blew through st. louis late in the afternoon. witnesses say fans were celebrating the cardinals win just outside busch stadium when strong winds blew a party tent to pieces. you see what's left there. we're going to get a live report from the scene in just a moment. then, a bizarre story near seattle. police track a man accused of killing his wife and daughter to a hidden bunker on the side of a mountain. after a long standoff, it took a s.w.a.t. team and explosives to open it up. we're going to tell you what police found inside the bunker. that's coming up. then, ryan o'neal, the star of "payton place" and "paper moon" opens up about his relationship with farrah fawcett, his family and his
battle with cancer. that's coming up. and it's bader sweet day here at "today." one of our family members is leaving the "today" show. >> janice huff, say it ain't so, has been a treasured part of this program for 16 years, but now for some reason, she's choosing to work only five days a week. slacker. we'll look back at some of the fun we've had with her and how much we'll miss her on the show, but glad we're keeping her in the nbc family at channel 4. >> whenever we go back through the years, it's look how the hair changed. it's one of the hair things. so for janice, it will be a fun one. we'll look back at that. we begin this morning with the deadly storm that moved through st. louis yesterday. one man died, 100 others were injured. nbc's katy tur is in st. louis for us this morning. katy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. what we know right now is that there are three still in serious condition, two are in critical, and as you said, one man is dead today, this after 50-mile-an-hour winds sent this tent right behind me flying into the air. outside kilroy's sports bar near
busch stadium in st. louis, panic after deadly winds ripped through an outdoor party tent packed with fans celebrating a cardinals win saturday afternoon. >> anything you can imagine that wasn't nailed down, airborne. [ sirens ] >> reporter: paramedics rushed more than a dozen victims to the hospital with five reported in serious or critical condition. authorities say 100 others were treated at the scene for various injuries. >> the injuries were mainly cuts, bruises and twisted ankles and maybe a broken arm. >> reporter: the bar's owner says customers tried to save the one man who died, during a storm of hail, lightning and rain. >> my customers -- they all became paramedics. >> reporter: the force of the winds blew the tent and everything that was in it on to a nearby railroad bridge. >> don't like this type of building, if you will. it just gives us nightmares. and as you can see, it can cause
one. >> reporter: authorities say with the storm warnings posted that day, the damage and injuries could have been so much worse. >> these are temporary structures. they're certainly not designed in any stretch of the imagination to handle a severe weather event like this. >> reporter: now, there are conflicting reports this morning as to what caused that 60-year-old man's death. the owner here says that firefighters told him yesterday that he was struck by lightning, although officials can't confirm that to us at this hour. lester? >> katy tur, thanks. where is the storm system behind all that damage heading now? let's check in with janice huff. janice, good morning. >> good morning, lester. unfortunately, st. louis is in the red zone again today, and that stretches all the way back to oklahoma city and lubbock, texas. it's this area where we have to watch out for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. more so the winds and the hail. and speaking of that, we had more than 21 wind damage reports and more than 200 hail reports yesterday from the st. louis
area, stretching all the way into southern illinois. well, right now, the radar loop is showing isolated showers and thunderstorms with the system just starting to bubble up and headed in the direction of st. louis. so, once again, severe weather threat from st. louis back to the texas panhandle. more coming up in just a few minutes. lester, back to you. >> all right, janice. in fact, we'll get the rest of your national forecast ahead, but right now, here's jenna. >> all right, lester, thank you. president obama was all about getting the laughs last night it was the annual white house correspondents dinner. nbc's mike viqueira has more from the white house. hey, mike, good morning! >> reporter: hey, jenna, the barbs were flying last night. most of them were good-natured. if you take one part politics, one part power, add a dash of celebrities glitz, perhaps a little wine on the table, and you get these sometimes odd, but always entertaining evenings, the white house correspondents dinner. >> it's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent hilton ballroom, or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper.
>> reporter: it promises to be a tough campaign, but before the battle officially begins, president obama got in a few lighthearted shots against mitt romney. >> we also both have degrees from harvard. i have one, he has two. what a snob. >> reporter: it's been said that washington is hollywood for ugly people. but for just one night every year, those two worlds collide. >> they say washington gets really excited for this big night. >> reporter: they call it the nerd prom, the annual white house correspondents dinner. over the years, it's morphed from just another dreary d.c. event, where reporters and politicos lay down their arms to share a few laughs to a major schmooze fest. a three-day gala of glamour and blitz capped off by the dinner itself. >> four years ago, i was locked in a brutal primary battle with hillary clinton. four years later, she won't stop drunk texting me from cartagena.
>> reporter: the president's bully pup pit becomes a stand-up routine. >> i had a lot more material prepared, but i have to get the secret service home in time for their new curfew. >> reporter: last night, no one was spared. >> mr. president, you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? that was hilarious. it's great to see the gingrichs here tonight, because i guess that means the check cleared. >> reporter: but even with all the silliness, politics and the coming campaign weren't far out of mind. >> can we show the ad real quick? >> we need to join mitt romney in sending a message this november -- i'm an american, and dog gone it, i ride outside. >> reporter: i'll tell you how out of touch i am, i have no idea who half those celebrities were. i'm like, there's the secretary of agriculture, oh, my gosh! anyway, it was a fun evening and
we'll do it again next year, i guess. >> well, i did see 16 different shots and different angles of george clooney, so i'm sure they got that one right. mike viqueira -- >> reporter: yeah, nobody messed up george clooney. >> we might. mike viqueira at the white house, thanks again. here's lester. meantime, to a guy who knew every celebrity. david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." good to see you. what was your favorite moment last night at the dinner? >> you know, actually, i thought jimmy kimmel's hard-edged political lines -- it's funny, for an outside guy like that, he came in and made a joke about the president compromising too much to republicans and that sort of thing. he had a couple good lines. he did it pretty well and it was fun. >> the president made the secret service joke. i was wondering if it was too soon. apparently it wasn't. did that catch everybody by surprise? >> not really. i think he handled it pretty well, said they had to get home for curfew. so it was within the safe boundaries. kimmel got a little more edgy
about it, but you know, it was pretty good. it was kind of tame. i thought that the president was a little tame with romney. he had fun. mike showed the ad about, you know, the dog riding on top of air force one, but he was still pretty safe. he found the way to do the dig, like mitt romney is the square guy who wants equal time for jimmy fallon, on merv griffin, you know. so he got the line in there that he wanted to. >> it's interesting, you had the line there. let's talk about the real-life political battle right now, because that whole notion of square versus cool is one of the story lines right now. a conservative super pac is trying to paint president obama as too much of a celebrity, too cool, and then romney advisers came in on the tail end of that, saying this election is not going to be about who's cooler. the question is going to be who do you trust to run the economy. that line of attack didn't really play well in 2008. why do they think it will play well now? >> well, i think what's different about 2008, 2008 was
about saying this guy's a celebrity, but what's he ever actually done? now it's about saying, hey, you may like this president, you may think he's cool, but let's focus on the results, let's focus about what's really hard in your lives right now. that's who mitt romney is. i think that romney is recognizing there's a lot of americans who like the president, who may even want him to succeed but don't like his policies. that's where romney's got to come in and be the plausible alternative. i think that's a lot of what that's about. >> both romney and president obama were on college campuses this week. polls show the president has a pretty big edge among the youth vote. what's the romney plan to try and reduce that edge? >> well, to get in there and tap into it in a different way. you know, if romney looks, he says, look, a lot of college kids preferred obama in 2008, a lot of hope and change, a lot of enthusiasm. well, that's ened a little bit here as we get into 2012. you've got a group that could be a little more up for grabs. and again, you focus if you're mitt romney on the reality for young people -- a lot of student debt, a very tough job market, why? because the economy is still
very much struggling. and make this a referendum on the president's policies. mitt romney's going to find six ways from sunday to make this a referendum about the president's handling of the economy. >> and who do you have on "meet the press" later this morning? >> we're going to talk to ed gillespie with the romney campaign, robert gibbs, former press secretary with the obama campaign. also, hilary rosen who caused the stir going after ann romney, talking about women and her connection to women. she's going to join our roundtable as well. >> david gregory, thanks. >> thanks, lester. >> now let's get more of the headlines from tom llamas at the news desk. >> good morning, jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. we begin in china where there are reports that authorities are rounding up family of the blind activist who fled last week and is said to be taking refuge in the u.s. embassy in beijing. nbc's ian williams is monitoring the situation from thailand. >> reporter: chen guangchen denounced himself on youtube,
talking about the investigation of the brutality him and his family have endured. the self-trained lawyer has been blind since childhood. he was jailed and then put under house arrest with his family. he documented their confinement. his every movement was monitored. visitors prevented from meeting him. yet, he was able to secretly plot his escape. friends say he evaded china's oppressive security apparatus by pretending for weeks to be sick, hoping his jailers would lower their guard, and they did. though blind, he escaped over a wall. friends drove him from his village to beijing and to what one describes as the only safe place, the u.s. embassy. though this has not been confirmed by either washington or beijing. >> our reliable source shared with us that chen guancheng is
in the u.s. diplomatic protection. >> reporter: there is no sign of extra security at the u.s. embassy in beijing. if he is there, it comes at an awkward time for the u.s., with secretary of state hillary clinton due to visit next week. ian williams, nbc news, bangkok. the coast guard is searching for a fourth crew member missing in a yacht race off the california and mexico coasts. three other crew members were killed late friday or early saturday when the 37-foot yacht apparently collided with a much larger vessel. and a wayward dolphin is still stranded in narrow wetlands along the southern california coast. wildlife experts say it was headed toward the ocean saturday but was frightened by a pair of other dolphins and suddenly turned around. that's the news. now back to jenna and janice and a good doctor. >> oh, now you've got tom on board! i see you recruited tom. >> i'm also a veterinarian. i can handle that dog, too. >> want to do the weather, too? >> sure. no, maybe not. >> okay, all right. >> janice is back. i'm back, i'm back, to talk
a little bit about the weather across the nation today. of course, right in the middle of the country is where we'll see more severe weather, mostly wind damage and hail is what we're most concerned with from the front range of the rockies through the texas panhandle all the way to st. louis. again, you're under the gun, so be on the lookout. that's what's >> good morning. a few areas starting off with a bit of fog. clearing off as we head into the afternoon. temperatures 10 degrees warmer today. mid to upper 60's. winds out of the north at 5 t >> now here's jenna. >> janice, thank you. up next, it's been a year already. how will william and kate spend that one-year wedding anniversary? we'll find out right after this. [ baby crying ] my turn.
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surrounding the royal couple has not settled down but only intensified. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: hi, jenna. yeah, william and katherine spent part of their anniversary weekend at a good friend's wedding. and lucky for them, one year ago, the weather was nearly perfect. their country waited in nervous anticipation, and what a year it's been. royal watchers say their enormous popularity has surprised even will and kate themselv themselves. it was a week in the spotlight for the royal couple of the y r year. one day they're walking the red carpet, the next captured the cameras by cuddling a baby. how britain would love these two to be expecting their own little one. but they've had quite a year, winning the hearts of the world. >> i think that they're showing everybody what to do and how to do it, and they're a focused
pair. i mean, the chemistry between the two of them is an absolute delight. >> reporter: in all their appearances, including trips to canada and the u.s., drawing crowds of thousands -- >> wow! >> reporter: what people really seem to adore about the duke and dufs is that they do things, show real interest in people, especially in their charity. she didn't just come for the kids she met at the hospital. she wrote one little boy a personal letter. >> they're new, they're fresh, they're open, they're accessible, they laugh and they joke and they smile, they take part in events, they race each other in dragon boats, they put on cowboy hats at the calgary stampede. all of those things have a potential for great embarrassment, but they've pulled them all off flawlessly. >> reporter: that's right, not a single embarrassing headline, not a foot wrong, as the english said. kate has certainly had strong mentors, not only william, but the royal women who have embraced her. the queen herself. kate now travels by her side,
careful not to do anything that might upstage her, though she causes a stir simply by being there. >> the celebrity-obsessed red carpet fever. it's quite nice to have an arriving star who isn't a show-off and isn't too extraverted, who goes about her business being quietly confident. >> reporter: confidence has grown visibly over this past year. kate has tackled solo appearances, christmas with the royals, her first public speech. >> i am very sorry that william can't be here today. he would love it here. >> reporter: though she often shops at bargain stores, even secondhand. kate has unassumingly became a global fashion icon, a ladylike role model in a world of flash without a stylist. a year in, william and kate may live on a world stage, but they still cook dinners and watch movies in their remote cottage in wales. as normal a couple as they can
manage it, as they celebrate their first year together privately. within the next year, william and kate are expected to move into kensington palace, a 20-room apartment fit for a king, and that is when many predict we might just hear the pitter patter of little royal feet. jenna? >> seems about right. michelle kosinski. michelle, thanks. we're going to take a break. we're back. but first, these messages. today, we stand against the tyranny of single mile credit cards. battle speech right? may i? [ horse neighs ] for too long, people have settled for single miles. with the capital one venture card, you'll earn double miles on every purchase, every day! [ visigoths cheer ] hawaii, here we come. [ alec ] so sign up today for a venture card at capitalone.com. and start earning double. [ all ] double miles! [ brays ] what's in your wallet? can you play games on that? not on the runway. no. how math and science kind of makes the world work. in high school, i had a physics teacher
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because it's a very sunny place over the ocean. >> you don't think about that. >> but the speech i think went well. i gave them lots of advice about career and talked about persistence. in my own career, even if it meant throwing my own network under the bus here. the first time i applied for a job at nbc in new york, i was 18 years old. hey, who knew they didn't hire high school kids? okay, i knew, but on the other hand, how many high school kids had the gall to ask? i still had the rejection letter, and every time i look at it, it never fails to bring a smile to my face. i look at it this way, it took them just 23 years to reconsider my application. that's how good our hr department is, you know? they keep looking at them. >> what an honor, lester. we're so proud of you. >> it was a lot of fun. it was a nice audience and what a gorgeous day, the pacific ocean in malibu. >> i'm telling you. >> dr. holt. >> stop, dr. holt. a recap, mer. [ merv ] thanks, other merv. mr. clean magic eraser extra power was three times faster on permanent marker. elsewhere against dirt, it was a sweep, with scuffed sports equipment...
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>> good morning, everyone. i'm lisa robinson. here's a look at our top stories. fire investigators in carroll county are trying to figure out what sparked a two-alarm fire north of westminster. flames broke out in the basement of a home in the 3 00 block 6:30 saturday evening. it took 80 firefighters to put out the fire. >> two-story house well involved. they requested a second alarm as well as tanker task force. >> three people inside the house were evacuated safely. a maryland court of appeals ruling has caused more controversy over a pit bulls
over a case that stemmed from an attack. the parents knew the owner of the duge dog that attacked seriously injured him. he proved the dog's dangerous. the high court's decision showed the owner knew the dog was a pit bull or even part pit bull would be sufficient to file a lawsuit. >> be sure to joins us in the next hour where doug gansler will be our guest for q & a. the attorney general will speak on maryland controversial d.n.a. verdict as well as the pit bule ruling. e-mail questions to
>> good morning. overall we're clearing out throughout the best of your sunday. currently temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. only in the 30's as we head to our north and west though closer to 50 degrees as we head into southern maryland. temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 50's. 10 degrees warmer than we were yesterday. mostly sunny skies into the afternoon. seasonably cool. winds out of the northwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour. sunsetting tonight at 7:58 in the evening hours. seven-day forecast, a bit unsettled. chance for rain in tuesday, wednesday, and scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. but that's if temperatures continue to rise into the low 80's. 82 on thursday. then we start to drop off into the 70's. >> thank you for joining us.
"11 news sunday morning" starts in 25 minutes. we're back on a sunday morning, april 29th, 2012. our thanks to a great group of people who decided to come out, spend part of their sunday morning with us. can't thank them enough. outside on the plaza, i'm jenna wolfe alongside dr. holt. it's catching on. >> it's catching on? >> catching on today. coming up this half hour, a manhunt in seattle that had a little bit of a bizarre ending. >> yeah, police tracked down a fugitive accused of killing his wife and daughter to an elaborate underground bunker. coming up, we'll tell you what investigators found in the middle of the woods. then we're going to switch gears and we're going to introduce you to the cutest little thing you're going to see in a long time. his name is cactus jack.
he got his name after being trapped in a cactus and he was covered, completely covered all over his body. you're going it meet him, see what he looked like when he got trapped in a few minutes. he's doing okay today. taking a little sleepy. >> when you see the picture of him with the needles in his face, has going to blow you away. he's a sweetie. >> sweet little thing. >> and jenna, you've been especially busy this weekend on twitt twitter. you can't get off your iphone. buffs have tweeting up a storm. >> we had fun. for the last 24 hours, we put the "today" show behind the scenes, showed you what mostly me, but what a little bit of you do to get ready for a show, what we do when we leave the studios and when we come in in the morning. this is me, spending most of my time at the gym. don't worry, it was 9:00 this morning, but if you wanted an inside look at what goes on for some of the talent here at the "today" show, that's what we did. >> and this is kind of a rotten day on one level. >> i know. >> because this is janice's last day on "sunday today."
she's not leaving nbc, but she's been working six-day weeks for a long time and we're thankful for that. one more time, i get to say a final check of the weather from janice. >> and jenna! oh, thank you, sweetie. >> so cute. all right, girl, do your thing! >> thank you. you know what? i am going to miss being here, and the big reason will be because of all of you. >> we love you! >> it's always so much fun to come out. thank you! to come out and talk to everybody. now that i'm getting five days and a little rest, what's the secret to aging gracefully? you're 70. and i can't believe it. >> i can't believe it, either. it just comes so fast. >> happy birthday to you. >> i'm moving to new york, okay? >> well, then you won't age. no, it's a good place to be. >> thank you. >> let's check the weather and see what's happening around the country. well, we've got a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across much of the texas panhandle, all the way to st. louis, unfortunately, again today. you're going to be under the gun. watch out for these storms
because they may produce damaging winds and large hail, like yesterday. warm weather expected across much of california tomorrow. rain in the pacific northwest. still a slight risk over the ohio valley and the central plains from thunderstorms and hail. rain over southern florida. sunshine here in the northeast and partly cloudy skies across the hawaiian islands with a few light showers. that's what's going o >> good morning. a few areas starting off with a bit of fog. clearing off as we head into the afternoon. temperatures 10 degrees warmer today. mid to upper 60's. winds out of the north at 5 t remember, we're here to get the weather any time.
logon to weather.com. now here's jenna. >> as always, janice, thank you very much. a manhunt near seattle comes to a bizarre end. investigators spent a week looking for a murder suspect described as a loner. but in the end, s.w.a.t. teams, tear gas and explosives weren't needed. nbc's michelle franzen has more. good morning, michelle. >> good morning, jenna. this standoff had all the makings of a hollywood action movie. a hunt for a suspected killer, a trail of bizarre clues that led to a secret bunker and an ending no one expected. this is the underground bunker where police say a well trained survivalist was hold up, heavily armed with large-caliber, scoped rifles, bullet-proof vests, gas masks and a generator. investigators say peter keller had spent eight years building and stock-piling the elaborate two-story structure, preparing for the end of the world. >> you couldn't even make this up. i mean, the challenges presented by this were just extraordinary. >> reporter: police suspect keller shot and killed his wife and 18-year-old daughter as they
slept before setting their nearby home on fire last sunday. detectives have not revealed a motive for the killings. >> i can't stop being angry. you know? they were amazing people. >> reporter: photographs found in keller's home after the fire led authorities to the cascade mountains outside seattle. after a wild day of tactical operations in rugged terrain, s.w.a.t. teams used explosives yesterday to blow the lid off the bunker. inside, they found a body believed to be keller, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> appears to have been dead for some time. there's a pistol nearby and there's a great deal of blood. >> reporter: court documents reveal keller had withdrawn thousands of dollars from a bank last week and told co-workers at this computer company that he might not return. >> this person that we thought we knew turned out to be somebody that had a whole other side to them, and we can't make any sense out of it. >> reporter: officers also searched the bunker for
explosives and booby traps and say they're relieved that what was expected to be a much longer standoff is over. police seized evidence from the bunker and are still waiting for the medical examiner to confirm the cause of death and the identity of the man found inside. jenna. >> all right, michelle franzen. michelle, thanks. and now here's lester. >> jenna, thanks. police in fayetteville, north carolina, will begin focusing on collecting evidence and interviews as the search continues for ft. bragg soldier kelli bordeaux. and as nbc's kerry sanders reports, investigators are getting a hand from dedicated volunteers. >> reporter: through the dense underbrush -- >> another came in, they would come in somewhere in here. >> reporter: -- in a vast, five-acura. >> we're starting at her apartment right here, and we are actually working this grid. >> reporter: volunteers, some on horseback, others combing the banks of the cape fear river again saturday turned up no clues, no signs of army private
kelli bordeaux. >> we could not 100% identify anything in that search. >> reporter: going into the third week of the search, fayetteville police continue to say publicly they're still operating as if they'll find the 23-year-old alive. detectives recently released this photo of her. kelli snapped it looking into the mirror. >> this photograph was taken of her just before she left to go out that night. >> reporter: she was last seen leaving this local bar, froggy bottoms, at around 1:20 in the morning april 14th. police say most of the details leading up to bourdeaux's disappearance have some km from nicholas holbert, a registered sex offender. the 25-year-old lived in a tent behind the bar. holbert told a tv station that bourdeaux asked him for a ride home the night she vanished. >> i have nothing to do with it. i picked her up and took her home, that's it. >> reporter: bourdeaux's husband of two years says he was visiting family in florida when
his wife disappeared. >> we just want kelli home safe. that's all we want. >> reporter: while it's been two days since police officers joined volunteers in the underbrush, detectives say they're working other leads, hoping to solve the mystery of what happened to kelli bordeaux. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news. and up next, as we continue here on a sunday, ryan o'neal talks about family and farrah and his battle with cancer. then we're going to meet cactus jack. we'll find out how he got his prickly name after these messages. [ monica ] i'm away on a movie shoot and it hasn't been going exactly as planned. [ director ] cut. cut! [ monica ] i thought we'd be on location for 3 days -- it's been 3 weeks. so i had to pick up some more things. good thing i've got the citi simplicity card. i don't get hit with a fee if i'm late with a payment... which is good because on this job, no! bigger! [ monica ] i may not be home for a while. [ male announcer ] the citi simplicity card. no late fees. no penalty rate.
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actor ryan o'neal is fighting cancer, but in a new book, he opens up about his relationship with the late farrah fawcett. jake gutierrez has more on the love story that captivated a generation. >> reporter: she was america's angel. >> ryan, to your left! >> reporter: and he was her man. as he told "access hollywood" last year. >> i was in love. >> reporter: now, three years after farrah fawcett's death, ryan o'neal is facing his own battle with cancer. in a written statement earlier this month, o'neal said, "although i was shocked and stunned by the news, i feel fortunate that it was detected early." >> the vast majority of men who have stage 2 tumors end up living their normal lifespan and never even dying from their disease. >> reporter: so, the actor isn't letting his diagnosis slow him
down. in a memoir due out may 1st, he's revealing candid details about his lifelong partner, seen here in a documentary she produced, determined to fight the cancer that eventually killed her. >> i used to wonder how people who were very sick with a terminal diagnosis could get up and go on with their lives. >> reporter: o'neal is now reflecting on why they never married. in the book, he remembers he did propose on a road trip, and she accepted, but a flat tire prevented them from finding a church that night. the couple joked it was a sign. looking back, he writes, "i can't help but wonder how my life with this rare woman might have been different if we had gone through with it that day." >> it was this very epic love story that played out in the public eye over the course of decades. >> reporter: but few love stories are perfect. >> i think a lot of things have gotten in my way. >> reporter: for years, o'neal was estranged from his three
oldest children, but last year, he reunited with his daughter, actress tatum o'neal on a very raw, and sometimes tough-to-watch reality show on the oprah winfrey network. >> i think he regrets very much a lot of how he parented his kids, he regrets some of the rough times with farrah. >> reporter: regrets now on paper for the man without his angel. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, los angeles. >> and ryan o'neal will join us live for an exclusive interview tomorrow right here on "today." well, it seems like the saying every dog has its day is true. i want you to meet cactus jack. the little puppy was caught in a cactus plant in arizona and was covered in cactus spines before being rescued by a good samaritan. cactus jack was ultimately adopted by sarah. both of them are here with us. sarah, good morning. and our little friend here. >> thankfully only one of them is sleeping. >> good morning. >> i understand you took about a five-gallon bucket's worth of
cactus needles from his face. how's he doing? >> he's doing amazing. he's very good. he's very mellow, laid back. that tail has not stopped wagging. >> is he mellow and laid back because of what he went through? did the vets say he will be permanently scarred, or i don't know, damaged from this? >> no. he came out of it perfectly good. he wasn't even in the humane society for about a week, not even. >> and he was undernourished and dehydrated during that time that he was stuck in that cactus. thankfully, someone found him. and then the story got out. so many people wanted to adopt him. there were dozens of people that -- >> lots of people. >> you put your name in a lottery, right? >> yeah. i went down and there was 30 people in front of me, and before you know it, there's a line out the door. and i had no chance. i had no chance. and sure enough, i put my name in the bucket and they pulled four names, and mine was the first one that they pulled. >> wait, were you looking for a puppy or did you read this story and what happened to this poor little puppy and decide i have
to get into this raffle? >> i actually had been looking for a puppy, and my mom is the one that told me about him. and i ended up being there first thing the next morning an hour early and put my name in the bucket. >> and i understand cactus jack, and your whole story, he's quite a celebrity down there. >> he's a celebrity everywhere. at the airport, people were stopping, saying hi to cactus jack. at the hotel, people know who cactus jack is. everybody. i was downtown phoenix and i had people stop, pull over, and they turned off the ac and rolled down the windows, "is that cactus jack?" it sure is. >> aww. >> the story has a double good ending, because other people who had been in the raffle to win cactus jack, they came down to the humane society, and they ended up adopting a bunch of other dogs that same day, right? >> yes. they actually adopted eight dogs and it was the most they had done in an hour. >> wow. >> that picture of him covered with needles, is just
unbelievable. he's lucky to be a survivor. >> second only to this one right here. look at this little thing, slept through the entire interview. finally on the "today" show and he sleeps -- >> oh, just woke up. >> just woke up. >> hi, little guy. >> sarah and cactus jack, thanks for coming by. >> thank you for having him! >> he's awake now. hey, we're on tv! just ahead, a farewell to our friend janice. we'll look back at 16 great years. first, these messages. [ school bell rings ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a big world... ♪ ...and kids need all the nourishment they can get. that's why quaker chewy granola bars are packed with 8 grams of whole grains. give them the goodness of whole grains with the great taste of chocolate chips. quaker chewy.
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huff. she's not leaving for good, leaving the network, just having more than one day off every week. >> yay! >> lester and i, with some help from other familiar faces, wanted to send our love to janice the only way we know how. take a look. >> good morning to you. >> check what? >> their local forecast. >> okay. >> right now. here's your local forecast. >> janice, you know we all drag ourselves in in some pretty ungodly hours and some of us look a little long when we walk in the door. you, however, you've always got that smile, the smile the viewers see that engages so many people. we see that all the time. >> janice, i'm going to miss you so much here on "weekend today." i know that no matter what kind of morning i've had, every time you walk into the makeup room, you had a smile on your face. >> you've all seen janice huff. you know the warm smile, the great personality. i know the real janice huff. behind the scenes, she's actually even better. >> well, this is a range.
>> that's what's made you special, made you such a great part of our team, aside from the fact you're a really good weather forecaster as well. >> janice, i've worked with many on-air weather forecasters over the years, but i must say that you're one of my favorites. >> you are such a giddy person. it's funny, because you can go down the line, people who work here behind the scenes, and i'll say, i think i recognize that shirt or that jacket. janice gives away all of her bargains when she's worn them a couple times shaeyt's like, you know what? let it live on. >> janice huff is just the best. >> i can't believe i just did that. that's what's going on around the nation. now here's your local forecast. >> oh, sorry. just looking at the weather. let me minimize this. so, janice, when i heard you were leaving, i thought, was it me? was it something i said? i quickly realized it wasn't, and then i was on to something else. no, i'm only kidding. i was beyond devastated, tears, if you will, tears. >> look, you did a terrific job, janice. we are going to miss you on the
weekends, but i know you're not going to miss getting up early on a sunday morning. >> i would like to be the first person to point out that janice huff is lazy. by my calculations, she has really been working six days a week, which is only 312 days out of the possible 265. >> i'm just a working mom. ♪ i've got sunshine >> i think all parents are obsessed with weather, but my parents are obsessed with janice huff. >> janice, of course, i am joking, because you are the hardest working woman in weather. >> one sunday morning, my parents came in to see the show. janice huff was there it was like the big meeting between my dad and janice huff. >> you have covered everything and i have had a chance to be with you on some of the steps along the way. but most of all, i remember you being a tremendous friend. >> so, he gets up to meet her and he's all embarrassed and nervous and his shoulders are shaking. i mean, this is how my dad gets. and what does my dad say? do you know what the weather is going to be like in ft.
lauderdale next week? i'm like, dad, really? really, dad? >> you look really cute. >> but janice sat there and she not only told him the forecast for ft. lauderdale, but she did every single city in florida. ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ >> it's all sunshine and blue skies. >> you are a true professional and a really great friend. >> that is why janice huff is my screen saver. >> going to miss you on sunday mornings, janice. >> i'm really going to miss you. >> we wish you the best on your finally, a five-day workweek. good for you, janice. we'll miss you. >> i hope you stay in bed on saturdays and sundays and just relax. we love you. >> janice huff is the best, and i will miss you. mwah! >> thanks for everything. we love you. ♪ baby, there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ >> aww. >> aww! >> that was great! >> you know what, you do a lot of those sometimes when you see how people -- it's been 16 years! >> well, the hair has changed a lot. >> the smile has not, though. >> but who knew that the highlight of my career would be dressing up as a kardashian? >> i know, right? >> hysterical. >> we're not done with you and
the send-off yet, so stick around. we're going to take a break and be back with more in a moment. ♪ >> big smile. big smile. i'm so happy to be marrying your mom. you know that, right? uh-huh. i know this hasn't always been easy for you. and i'm really happy that you're in my life too. ♪ it's just like yours, mom! [ jane ] behind every open heart is a story. tell yours with my open hearts collection at kay jewelers... ...the number one jewelry store in america. there are millions of reasons to give one... but the message is always the same. keep your heart open... and love will always find its way in. thank you. thank you. ♪ every kiss begins with kay but do you really?
♪ good-bye well, janice, you'll have your saturday mornings off. you'll still be at wnbc, so should we continue to bask in the crossword puzzles? this is what people with sundays off do. >> love the slippers. >> before we toast you, what do you want to say? >> gosh, there's so much to say and not enough time, but i just want to thank everyone who's been a part of my career here, and there's been so many people. the ones who have come and gone
and everybody here, from all of you, especially the crew, because i think they are the only people who have been here longer than i have in terms of the show. everybody in the control room, dee dee, jim bell, elena, don, who i've worked with many years. he's our weather producer. just everybody. and the two of you have been fantastic. >> thank you. >> well, you have been a sweetie. we've loved having you here. >> thank you. >> let's lift our glasses and a big toast. we're glad we get to ton see you in new york. >> i'll see tom all the time. >> thank you. >> thanks so. . thanks everybody out there, too. thank you! >> drink up. >> ooh!